Climate changes, natural disasters, and a dying environment. As obvious as it gets, we can’t overlook how we use all the resources our planet can give us anymore.
In order to give to the next generation a possibility to live in a better world, we can change our habits and avoid the planet from deteriorating.
In this article, we’re going to look over some actions YOU can take in order to diminish your environmental impact with clothes.
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Be conscious about your purchases
When thinking about our future buys, it is our job to ensure that we think about our impact on the environment.
Whether it is by looking at environmentally friendly fabrics (such as the recycled polyester, the organic cotton/wool, silk, etc.) the quality of the garment, or how much you actually need the piece of clothing, you have to ensure that you will make a good use of your apparel.
Do a little research on how your brands are helping the planet’s case: are they using fabrics that are friendly to the environment? Do they have a safe and ecology-oriented workplace? These are the real questions that matter and that you should ask yourself once in a while.
For instance, look at Sock Panda! Sock Panda is a brand specialized in the production of colorful and stylish socks that will keep your footwear style on point. The company is supplied by Indutexa, a family run enterprise that treats its workers well and uses high-quality materials.
Since this enterprise works with a monthly subscription, they send you new pairs of socks every month in a 100% recyclable package, which avoids wastes and is eco-friendly! Additionally, for every subscription purchased, the company donates a pair of socks to those in need (shelters, hospitals, schools, communities). Click here and use DealSpotr15 for a FREE extra pair of socks and 15% off at checkout for your subscription to the program!
Now, to come back to what we were saying, think about this: do you really need that piece of clothing? Or do you simply want to satisfy your impulses? Or buy it because everyone else has it? If you can’t be sure about the fact that you will wear that piece of clothing, don’t buy it.
Being conscious about our choices is now a must for everyone: it is our responsibility to make a greener environment and pass it down to the next generation.
Take care of your clothes
In order to reduce consumerism, we have to think about how to use materials as much as they can be used. As I like to put it, how much material do you use and how many times can you possibly wear it (without looking like you came back from surviving in the wild)? The more you use the fabrics and the materials, the better use you make of your clothes.
So, how do you make good use of your clothes? By, for example, mending the garment when it’s torn or ripped (you can learn to sew or bring it to a tailor) or learning how to take care of your clothes: read the tag explaining how to wash your shirts/pants, clean your shoes when they get dirty, etc.
Additionally, you have to know that your clothes shouldn’t be washed at every single wear. Washing a shirt deteriorates it’s softness and slowly tears the fabric apart. For instance, wear your shirts more than once if you haven’t sweated in them or worn them for a long period of time. As for pants, wash them once every two weeks or a month if necessary. Jeans? Not more than once every 6 months.
Before wearing your outfit, think about what you will do in the day too. Don’t wear clothes that are not meant to be worn in the type of activity you will engage throughout the day. For example, don’t wear a light shirt for rough activities like maintaining your yard or moving furniture. You might unluckily tear your shirt and this would be a waste.
Keep your clothes as clean as they can be and make efforts to conserve their initial form.
Give a second life to your apparel
If you feel like you don’t want to wear a piece of clothing again, or the piece doesn’t fit you anymore, someone else can make a good use of it. Don’t throw your clothes away in the trash can. Give them a second life!
You can give your old garments to donation companies (look online to find the nearest organizations that make it possible). They will send your clothes to the people in need, such as the poor or people from developing countries. You can also simply give your old clothes to your smaller siblings or friends that are smaller than you.
If you could realize how much it helps those people, you would think about donating more often! Not only do you dress people in need with clothes, you also elongate the life of the used materials.
Being at the receiving end of already worn clothes can also be a benefit. Shopping at thrift shops is one of the biggest ways to get yourself second-handed clothing. Your purchase is eco-friendly and cheaper than ever!
In order to save the environment, one individual can’t do a significant impact. But once you get started, you’ll raise awareness to other people around, and so on. Huge mountains of snow are formed from snowflakes.
If YOU and I can make a change, everyone can. The more we invest in environmentally friendly clothing, the more the businesses will consider them.
What’s on the market is what we, customers, want. It’s now our job to make a change, and we can start it today.
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